Tag: conservation

  1. Safe Passage facilitator Jeff Hunter named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year

    Safe Passage facilitator Jeff Hunter named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Work hard; play harder. This catchy philosophy of work-life balance can be aptly ascribed to Jeffrey Hunter of Burnsville, an avid long-distance hiker and fan of the Grateful Dead who was recently named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Conservation Awards. Read more...
  2. Trailside Talk: Save Our Smokies

    Trailside Talk: Save Our Smokies I was on a hiking trip with a group of kids last year when we stopped about halfway up a mountain to take a break on a group of large rocks. As I sat down, I noticed that someone had left a soda bottle near the bottom of one of the rocks, and I took the opportunity to explain to the kids what a wrong decision someone had made. “Always Read more...
  3. Teen Leaders in Conservation Head Back to School with New Perspective

    Teen Leaders in Conservation Head Back to School with New Perspective By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Phoebe June Carnes is starting out her senior year at Swain County High School in Bryson City with a new outlook and new friends from around the region and beyond, thanks to a summer internship at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “My favorite part of the experience was the bonds we got Read more...
  4. Road Ecology Comes to Southern Appalachia

    Road Ecology Comes to Southern Appalachia By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director On July 1, the United States House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act to reauthorize funding for transportation projects across the country. Aiming to protect biodiversity, stimulate the economy, and reduce highway fatalities, the bill proposes $400 million for projects to reduce Read more...
  5. Mountain Time: Harvey Broome

    Mountain Time: Harvey Broome By Arthur “Butch” McDade In his Out Under the Sky of the Great Smokies—A Personal Journal, Harvey Broome wrote: “I have never wanted to leave the top of a mountain.” That sentiment permeated his productive life as a lawyer, hiker, conservationist, and co-founder of The Wilderness Society. A guiding principle in Read more...
  6. Mountain Time: John Muir’s Lonely Way 

    Mountain Time: John Muir’s Lonely Way  By Arthur “Butch” McDade Renowned conservationist John Muir never set foot in the highlands that became Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but he made an epic trek through the Unicoi Mountains south of the Smokies in 1867, and he visited the highlands of Roan Mountain along the TN/NC border in 1898. So, he’d seen the Read more...

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